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Be Well at Work - Work/Life program offers monthly educational workshops and webinars on topics related to parenting and finances . They are presented by professionals with specialized knowledge.

**New Group** Supporting Parents and Caregivers of Children

Working from home, working without adequate or any childcare, distance learning, home schooling, college students at home, and being with your children 24/7 are only a few of the challenges parents face during COVID-19.
Join Be Well at Work's parenting support group, Supporting Parents and Caregivers of Children. The group meetings will be topic based to provide a focus. The format will consist of a brief introduction to the topic by Karen Patchell, MA, BWAW Program Manager, followed by discussion and Q & A. The group will meet virtually on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 11 am. You are welcome to drop-in for any subject of interest. 
If you are interested in attending any of these Zoom meetings, please email kpatchell@berkeley.edu
Topics will include:
  • Self Care as we transition back to a reopening world
  • Managing children's anxieties, and your own   
  • Navigating ongoing uncertainty


UC Berkeley and LBNL Faculty, Staff, Visiting Scholars, and Postdocs:

  1. Click on the “enroll here” hyperlink to take you to the UCB Learning Center.
  2. Enter your CalNet Passphrase.
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Fall 2021 Parenting Workshops

Tackling Tough Conversations with Tweens and Teens

Wednesday, 9/22, 12:10 - 1:30 pm via Zoom

Speaker: Meredith Essalat, M.Ed

School principal and author of "The Overly Honest Teacher," Meredith Essalat, M.Ed. will share her hard-won lessons on how to broach difficult subjects with tweens and teens. Topics covered will include body image, mental health, social media usage, self-esteem, stress, and autonomy.

Parents and caregivers will learn:
How to bridge the communication gap and get your tween/teen to open up.
How to give advice and be an ally all at the same time.
How to take the cringe out of uncomfortable topics.
How to avoid lawnmower parenting.


Planning Your Pregnancy Leave

Thursday, 9/30 ; 12:10 - 1 pm

Speaker: Yvette Escobar, UCB Disability Counselor, Kristin Rissanen Ikuta , UCB Academic Personnel, Nicole Roces,Employee/Labor Relations Consultant, Gabe Schmidt, Healthcare Facilitator

Thinking about starting a family? This workshop will provide information on leave policies, disability benefits, use of sick/vacation time, and options on when/how to return to work after having a child for both faculty and staff employees.


Breastfeeding Your Baby/Returning to Work or School

Thursday, 10/7, 1 pm - 4:15pm via Zoom

Speaker: Tina Benitez, IBCLC and Nicole Castillo

This class is FREE to UC Berkeley faculty, staff, students, and their spouses/domestic partners.

This 3 hour class is taught by a certified lactation consultant and is broken up into two parts.
The first portion of the class, 1-3pm, addresses breastfeeding basics and problem solving. The second portion of class, 3:15-4:15pm, covers returning-to-work planning and breast pumps. Those who have already attended a breastfeeding class are welcome to join the last portion of the class.

Register for the class:

Faculty and staff - click the linked date above or register here(link is external)(link is external).

Students and all others enroll by emailing breastfeeding@lists.berkeley.edu(link sends e-mail)(link sends e-mail) or calling at (510) 643-4646.


Understanding and Creating Listening Partnerships

Tuesday, 10/12, 12:10 - 1:30 pm via Zoom

Speaker: Robin Setchko, LMFT

As caregivers to young people we are engaged in deeply emotional work, the hardest we will ever do. How can we build a support team for this? Where can we take the strains of the past year where we were isolated from our community, noticing an uptick of concerning behaviors, and wondering if we will make it through this? If caregivers take regular turns listening to each other they make dependable gains in their lives. Taking the time to explore thoughts, speak whatever is on our hearts, and work though the tensions of everyday life helps us care more effectively for ourselves and our families. Join us for this workshop which will look at how Listening Partnerships are agreements between two people to take turns listening, thereby developing a simple and rewarding way to give and get the support we need as we meet the challenges of nurturing children.


Looking to Nature as the New Normal

Wednesday, 10/27, 12:10 - 1 pm via Zoom

Speaker: Mary Roscoe, and Anna Rainville

The recent pandemic taught us how interconnected and interdependent we are. This workshop invites you to slow down and explore a new narrative of wellness for our children and future generations. It also welcomes you to an experience of coming home to a sense of place within the larger earth community — and a feeling of being supported and held in a new way.

The health of our children and the well-being of the planet are intertwined. Children’s connection to nature fosters physical and mental health, critical thinking, exploration, collaboration, and action. Infusing childhood with sensory experiences and a love of nature leads to actions that contribute to a thriving and socially just planet.

A variety of ideas and of resources for parents and caregivers will be given in this workshop. For those interested, we will also include a copy of the Exploring a Sense of Place Guidebook.

Anna Rainville is an early childhood educator, mentor, and award-winning teacher. She leads workshops across the country and internationally. Mary Roscoe is involved with the international children and nature movement. In the Bay Area, she works with educators, pediatricians, park professionals, artists, and grassroots leaders and community activists.


Fall 2021 Financial Workshops

Starting Your Investment Portfolio

Tuesday, 9/28, noon - 1:30 pm via Zoom

Speaker: Kenneth Leung, 

With Coronavirus as a backdrop, there are many uncertainties in the future. You have saved money for your retirement and for the unpredictable, but do you know how your money is working for you? Do you understand the stocks, bonds, and mutual funds that are hotly discussed all over the investment news? Join us for this workshop which will identify and discuss first steps to gaining basic knowledge of your investments. 


Guide to investing in the UC Retirement Savings Program

Tuesday, 10/26, noon - 1 pm via Zoom

Speaker: Nancy Pargot, Fidelity

This class will discuss the basics of investing, including key investing concepts and common types of investments, plus an overview of funds available through the UC Retirement Savings Program. It also includes investment approaches based on risk tolerance, investing horizon and involvement level.


Maximize Social Security in Your Retirement

Tuesday, 12/7, noon - 1 pm via Zoom

Speaker: Nancy Pargot, Fidelity

This class can help you learn about Social Security, including ways to maximize benefits under different scenarios and priorities (divorce, working, tax impact, other sources of retirement income, etc.). It also offers tools and resources available to help you look at different options and make the most of your benefit.